. the question that you had proposed as the fiscal cliff looms, your proposal to deal with budget deficit involves spending cuts and tax increases for the wealthy. mr. president, what will you cut? you're president obama. how do you answer that question concisely? >> first, the president reminds america of where he started four years ago. the budget deficit was already $1.3 trillion. that's what he inherited plus a massive federal debt. so then he has to say what has happened positively. first -- >> jennifer: so he doesn't answer -- >> he said where we come from. where have we come from. we know the story already. it takes constant reminding. the president will do that again. >> jennifer: let me ask you a question before you get there. this is an interesting question, my husband and i have this debate. you're asked this question, what will you cut? and the person who is answering is often told don't answer the question you're asked. answer the question you want to answer right? isn't that the advice you always give?